Walk on the Wild Side in 2017!

Dig out your hiking boots, polish your binoculars, and get ready for a Walk on the Wild Side in 2017!

The theme for the 2017 BC Summer Reading Club is… “Walk on the Wild Side!”

Seven weekly sub-themes have been selected to use as inspiration for your programs, activities, displays and contests:

  1. Cougars and Otters and Ravens, oh my! (all things animals)
  2. Explora the Flora (plants, trees, flowers)
  3. Spot Nature’s Magic (seasons, camouflage, metamorphosis)
  4. Beautiful British Columbia (mountains, valleys, parks)
  5. Weather Watchers (clouds, rain, snow)
  6. Go Fish! (sea life, shorelines, fish)
  7. Tales of Nature (nature traditions and legends) 

We are thrilled to tell you that Darlene Gait is the 2017 BC Summer Reading Club artist!

Darlene Gait is an Aboriginal artist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is a member of Esquimalt Nation the first people of Victoria, BC Canada.

Darlene grew up on a farm near the Englishman River in Errington, Vancouver Island. There she and her two sisters were responsible for taking care of the family’s goats, geese, chickens and rabbit, and weeding the huge garden. When school let out for the summer, Darlene divided her time between painting in her room and exploring the outdoors, along with her dog, and her horse/best-friend, Dusty.

Darlene credits her Grandmother Cooper as the most significant creative inspiration in her life. It was the stories her grandmother told her, stories about the history of the Aboriginal side of her family, that set her on the path to becoming an illustrator and painter. 

Darlene began painting as a child and excelled in graphics, illustration and wild life painting after graduating from Vancouver Island University in 1999. Known for her portraits of Aboriginal women and children, many of her paintings reflect unity between Nations and non-Native people and produce a connection to strength of history and culture. Her design featuring the cultural legend of Orca transitioning to Wolf appears on the new BC Ferries vessel, Salish Orca on the Comox — Powell River route. One Moon Gallery, located in the heart of Esquimalt Nation, is home to Darlene’s entire collection of artwork, which displays limited edition prints and original paintings for public to view.

Darlene’s beautiful picture books include Secret of the DanceWho is In Maxine’s Tree?Catching SpringSoapstone Signs, the second part, “Soapstone Porcupine” is coming out next spring (Orca Books). Her work is vivid, filled with life, and inspired by her own deeply personal connection to nature  — a perfect match for this year’s theme “Walk on the Wild Side”.

To learn more about Darlene and her work, please visit her website http://www.onemoon.ca/. Darlene is available for library visits this summer. You may reach her at Dar04@live.ca

Many thanks go out to the amazing team members who each contribute to making this program a huge success throughout the province:

Emily Olsen of Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (Committee Chair)               Kate Adams of Richmond Public Library (Past Committee Chair)                                                 Victor Or and Surrey Public Library (Content Creator)                                                                     Anne Martin and Vancouver Public Library (Content Creator)
iena Groenewold and Fraser Valley Regional Library (Content Creators)
Susan McCowan and Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System (Content Creator)         Morgan Churchill and Fort St. John Public Library (Content Creator)
Tina Lee and Burnaby Public Library (Content Creator)
Julie Carter and Vancouver Island Regional Library (Content Creator)
Roger Handling, Terra Firma Digital Arts (Graphic Designer)
Neil Firkins, (Web Design)
Shayne Letain Rain in Spain Creative Studios (Kids’ Site)
Mari Martin, Director, Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education
Scott Leslie and BC Libraries Cooperative
Michael Burris and the staff at InterLINK
Cassie McFadden, Office Manager, BCLA
Angie Ayupova, Admin Assistant, BCLA
Annette DeFaveri, Executive Director, BCLA 

The BC Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and public libraries throughout British Columbia, with generous support from the Province of British Columbia, through Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, and the RBC Foundation.

Our “Walk on the Wild Side!” booklists and program suggestions will be available early next year on the BC SRC website:kidssrc.bclibrary.ca.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the BC Summer Reading Club, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Emily Olsen, the BC SRC Chair, at: eolsen@tnrd.ca or Cynthia Ford, the Provincial Co-ordinator, BC SRC, at: bcsrc@bclibrary.ca

Please feel free to distribute this announcement throughout your networks!


Emily Olsen

Committee Chair, BC SRC

Patron Delighted By SRC display at NVDPL


My name is Michelle Callaghan and I am the Children’s Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager at the Capilano branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library.

I wanted to share the following lovely story:

Recently, we had an elderly patron who has been walking around the children’s area at our branch. She made the comment to myself and another colleague that she loved looking at the displayed banners and pillars that have been decorated with the BC SRC participants names and drawings. She said she had spent some extra time wandering around the children’s area just looking at the decorations, artwork and children’s art for Summer Reading Club, saying it was so beautiful and cheerful, and she was delighted that it was something everyone walking in to the library space could enjoy!

Thank you for the opportunity to share this story,


Medals needed

Hi, the  Summer Reading Program in Fort Nelson has been amazing so far this year! The kids are enjoying the theme and all of our stations and activities. We’ve had such a great turnout that we’re going to be about 10 medals short so we’re hoping someone has some extras they might be able to share.

Thank you!

Julia Stidolph

Phone 250-774-6777 email jstidolph@fortnelson.bclibrary.ca



Congratulations to the following people for being the first 3 to enter the 2017 BC SRC Community Story Award. They will each receive a beautiful SRC Notebook!

Deb Turney Zagwyn, Powell River Public Library
Selina Powszedny, Squamish Public Library
Sarah Barton-Bridges, Powell River Public Library

Have a story to tell? Please send it in an email to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca, subject line: SRC Community Story Award.

Want an SRC Notebook? Please go here: https://t.co/ddQf8N9y2Z

What I did this summer…

How has the BC SRC has impacted you or your community this year? Was there a particular experience that left a lasting impression on you this summer? We would love to hear your story! Send it in an email to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca, subject line: SRC Community Story Award.

The first three entries will receive a beautiful SRC Notebook (here’s a pic of mine — it slips perfectly into my suitcase for a weekend getaway!)

SRC Notebook going away for the weekend

As a super-picky notebook user, I can attest to the fact that the SRC Notebook is perfect for journalling, making lists, and just plain old carrying around for when inspiration (a Story Award entry perhaps??!) strikes! If you’d like to order additional notebooks, please go here: https://t.co/ddQf8N9y2Z

The grand winner of the SRC Community Story Award will be invited to attend the 2017 BCLA Conference as a guest of the RBC and have their story published on this site!

 Please forward this email to anyone on your SRC team who you think might have a story to share… or send us one about them! See http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/community-story-award/ for more info on submitting.

 Previous winners include: 

To read their wonderful stories, please visit the BC SRC Staff website: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/community-story-award/

Lise Kreps, Burnaby Public Library
Miranda Mallinson, Vancouver pPublic Library
Bev Rintoul, Rossland Public Library

Contest closes December 31st, 2016! Hope to see your entry soon!

PS In the meantime, be sure to check out the great stories being submitted daily to bcsrc.ca! Very fun!

Medals Wanted

Hey everyone,

Just reaching out to see if anyone has any extra medals to spare? Here at the Fort St. James Library we’re just a little short. We’re looking for at least 5-10 more medals to make sure everyone gets one. We would really appreciate any extras you can spare. Thanks so much, hope everyone’s having a good summer!

Emma Rumley

Phone: (250) 996-7431


Castlegar Library Looking for Medals

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is having a fabulous SRC so far :).

The Castlegar Library is looking for 40 more medals for our SRC, as our registration has been through the roof! If anyone can help us with this it would be much appreciated.

Name: Laura Zaytsoff

Email: lzaytsoff@castlegarlibrary.com

Phone: (250) 365-6611

Again, many thanks and happy summer to all!